Where was I? After my computer died on October 8th it threw me into a little bit of chaos and things went akimbo. All my plans to celebrate the 13 Days of Halloween were forgotten. But I’m back and moving on. I started this book mail before my computer crashed so I know I’ve gotten more books since then. I’ll add those to future book mails as I remember them.

🎃 By the way, want to win free books? I’m giving away a copy of Monstrum Poetica by Jezzy Wolfe with a signed bookplate. Winner will be drawn live on Halloween and posted here. To enter, simply leave a comment for Jezzy here.

🎃 You can also win a copy of Tortured Willows by leaving a comment on the HWA Halloween Blog here.

🎃 I’ve also heard a rumor that you can get a bunch of free books on Kindle from Siren’s Call Publications here.

First in, the thing every author loves to get… a box of their own books! Speaking of Tortured Willows, my first copies came in and it was an emotional and special moment to finally hold it in my hands.

This book has already done so much for me. It changed my direction in life (which I plan to talk more about Monday) and gave me my first Amazon Bestseller banner. Most important, I gained three sisters in my fellow poets Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn and Christina Sng.

Thank you everyone for the amazing support and enthusiasm. There’s a video of the unboxing at the end of this. You can find Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken. on Amazon in both paperback and ebook here.

Also in the mail, a copy of Weirdbook Annual: Zombies! from Wildside Press a collection of short stories to thrill and delight readers worldwide with memorable takes on the zombie theme that resulted is this fantastic collection of 34 original stories that are not your average tales of the shuffling undead. Find this book on Amazon here.

Gearing up for Nanowrimo, I’m loading up on writer craft books. One I snagged from the library is The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer: Everything You Need to Know About Craft, Inspiration, Agents, Editors, Publishing, and the Business of Building a Sustainable Writing Career. The title can almost qualify as a flash fiction, so I expect great knowledge from this book. It has great reviews, which you can check out on Amazon here.

Another one I’ve mentioned a few times, Edward Hirsch’s A Poet’s Glossary came in. This is the book Amy Zoellers and I use to randomly pick a poetry form to do each month for Cake & Hyperbull. Read more about it on Amazon here.

Finally, The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa and translated by Stephen Snyder. Touted as “ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR THE NEW YORK TIMES * THE WASHINGTON POST * TIME * CHICAGO TRIBUNE * THE GUARDIAN * ESQUIRE * THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS * FINANCIAL TIMES * LIBRARY JOURNAL * THE A.V. CLUB * KIRKUS REVIEWS * LITERARY HUB” and with over 2,500 four star+ ratings, I’m interested. This is from the library, but you can check it out on Amazon here.

And that’s it for this week—it’s good to be back. While most of what I share I’ve either purchased or contributed to, I’m happy to share any book in a group post like this, but I can’t guarantee I’ll review anything specific. I do pass on books I’ve read to Space & Time reviewers and interested others whenever possible.

Any mail can be sent to:

Angela Yuriko Smith
P.O. Box 214
Independence, MO 64050

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

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